Wednesday, January 20, 2010
(PS 015) Various - Number Stations
Label: PublicSpaces Lab
Cat#: PS 015
Format: MP3, FLAC
Released: 15 Jan 2010
Style: Ambient, IDM, Dubstep, Experimental
Curated by Jon Sykes for PublicSpaces Lab
Release Art by Rita Monteiro @ PublicSpaces Lab
Cover Photo by Slightly North via Flickr under a CC License by-nc-sa
Mastering and encoding by Jordi @ PublicSpaces Lab
his is a compilation album based around the theme of Numbers Stations samples.
Number Stations if you are unfamiliar are shortwave radio stations that broadcast strange and cryptic content, often ordered or seemingly random series of numbers repeated over and over again. Other stations played weird music, and other still just repeated tones over an over. They were all the rage back in the Coldwar era and are often thought to have been spying agencies means of communication.
Probably the most famous Number Station sample is from the Wilco album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, partly due to the album being named after it but maybe more so because it lead to complex legal wrangles over who “owned” the recording, eventually settled out of court.
The most authoritative collection of Numbers Stations recordings is the Conet Project by Irdial Records, who make available the entire collection under their Free Music Philosophy. There are also plenty of other places online to find other samples that can be used in recordings as samples.
The challenge was issued to an international assortment of artists, with genres ranging from Ambient, to Dub Step to Interpretive. This compilation of tracks is the result. We hope you enjoy.
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